Pitchfork names ‘Purple Rain’ second-best soundtrack ever


With the Oscars coming up on Sunday, Pitchfork has just published its editors’ list of the 50 best movie soundtracks ever. Purple Rain is on the list, of course…at number two. “Purple Rain is Prince in his prime, at his peak, at his most audacious,” writes Jayson Greene. “It is Prince at his most sensual, his…

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Reflecting on Peter Tork's lasting imprint

Peter Tork of the Monkees

The Current's program director, Jim McGuinn, reflects on the passing of Peter Tork, and on the impact Tork made on McGuinn's own life. 'I'm remembering, giving thanks to an artist who maybe never got his full shot, but also managed to have the opportunity to capture the imagination of the world for a few years,' McGuinn writes.

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Music News: Peter Tork of the Monkees dies at 77

Peter Tork takes the mic with the Monkees in London, 1967.

Monkees bassist Peter Tork has died at age 77. Also in the news today: the 1975 win big at the Brits, and actor/singer Jussie Smollett is arrested in Chicago. Plus, Jade and Jay spotlight new releases from Better Oblivion Community Center, Gary Clark Jr., Sleaford Mods, and Yola.

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Celebrate Black History Month with music

Black History Month 2019

The Current is honoring the music and contributions of Black musicians in February, and we're starting off by dedicating Friday, Feb. 1, exclusively to music made by Black musicians.

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Theft of the Dial: Paul Banks of Interpol

Paul Banks of Interpol

Mark Wheat welcomes Interpol frontman Paul Banks into the studio to play songs that inspire him. Something that may not be readily evident to Interpol fans is Banks's deep love of hip hop, which is reflected in his playlist.

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Music News: Peter Tork of the Monkees dies at 77

Peter Tork takes the mic with the Monkees in London, 1967.

Monkees bassist Peter Tork has died at age 77. Also in the news today: the 1975 win big at the Brits, and actor/singer Jussie Smollett is arrested in Chicago. Plus, Jade and Jay spotlight new releases from Better Oblivion Community Center, Gary Clark Jr., Sleaford Mods, and Yola.

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Sunflower Bean perform in The Current studio


Less than a year after the release of their most recent full-length album, New York band Sunflower Bean dropped an EP, 'King of the Dudes.' The new release exudes a sense of fun. 'We ended up really experimenting with a different side of ourselves,' explains Sunflower Bean's Julia Cummings when the band stopped in for a session hosted by Mac Wilson.

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Dorothy perform in The Current studio

Dorothy perform in The Current studio

The band Dorothy's latest album, '28 Days in the Valley,' was produced by none other than Linda Perry, the extraordinary producer and songwriter (and former 4 Non Blondes frontperson) behind massive hits for artists like Pink and Christina Aguilera. Dorothy recently visited The Current for a session hosted by Jill Riley.

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Abby Jeanne performs in The Current studio

Abby Jeanne performs at The Current

A rising musician out of Milwaukee, Abby Jeanne recently released a new album, 'Music Box Dancer.' Although Jeanne is a multi-instrumentalist, she says her primary instrument is her voice -- and on hearing these soulful songs, that becomes abundantly clear. Before Abby Jeanne performs at the 7th Street Entry in Minneapolis on Wednesday, Jan. 30, she and her band stopped at The Current studio for a session hosted by Mark Wheat.

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Coffee Break: Bees!

Honeybees

Jill, Eric and Anna are obsessed with a story over at MPR News about the world's largest bee - spotted in Indonesia and recorded at an inch and a half long, with a tongue that's almost an inch long. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what bee songs and bands do you want to hear?

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Black and White David Bowie

Today in Music History: David Bowie mimes before T. Rex


Elvis Presley was at No. 1 with 'Rock-A- Hula Baby / Can't Help Falling In Love'; MTV dedicated a full 22 hours broadcast to The Monkees; Andy Warhol died; The Beatles recorded "I Want You (She's So Heavy)"; and David Bowie opened for T. Rex, Today in Music History.

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